On 28 June, the Defence Institution Building School in Georgia celebrated its 1-year anniversary. The School has been established in the context of Georgia’s ongoing reform and integration process into the Euro-Atlantic structures. This effort is supported by NATO by means of experts and advisers, logistics and finances.
The Defence Institution Building School is an instrument of Georgia’s interagency approach to security and defence. The School serves the wider Georgian security sector by providing training in security sector management and security and defence policy analysis. Clingendael Academy has been commissioned by the NATO Allies to support the DIB School in the form of a multi-year capacity-building programme.
At the occasion of the anniversary, Clingendael Academy director Ron Ton addressed the audience which consisted of the Minister of Defence - Mr Leval Izoria - and his deputies – Lela Chikovani and Nukri Gelashvili – Ambassadors and attachés of various NATO member countries and the Director of the DIB School – Ms Tea Nikolashvili. In his speech, Ron Ton highlighting the role of professional training in empowering and equipping the future leadership in operating in an uncertain and dynamic security environment.
In addition to the anniversary ceremony, Ron Ton delivered a number of workshops. With the DIB School permanent trainers and course directors, he worked on educational development. The DIBS core staff itself received a workshop on communication styles and critical factor analysis. Last but not least, discussions were held with the Georgian Academy of Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Levan Mikeladze Diplomatic Academy in the context of existing and future partnerships.